Wednesday, April 01, 2009

some random things...

The 25 random things meme that has been floating on Facebook is quite interesting to observe from a distance. The things that people choose to tell has always fascinated me. I did not do the meme. Because? Well, because.

Yet it is a list and lists are tempting. So here is an inspired version.

  1. I can never remember what bildungsroman means. Every time I come across the word I have to look it up                                                                                                                                  
  2. For many years I used to say that good friends have matching interests. That invariably meant that I was looking for the good friends from those whose interests matched mine. A day came when I named my best friends (in my head) and I realized that we did not have many interests in common. Instead what we did share was a connectedness - what I like to call resonance                                                                                                                                        
  3. Define Love - how many times one hears that question! one asks it to oneself, one asks others, others ask one. Pity that we need to define everything. Let me give it a try - it is a four letter word. It can be easily replaced by other four letter words pain, hate, like, life, lies, care and what other foul words have you. More commonly three letters would do - sex. Sometimes people use just two letters - it - I have it for him! Actually just one letter would do - I. The only love in the world that one has is for oneself, undeniably. If one were to go beyond the four letters mark one could throw in guilt, affection, compassion, companionship. So what is love? Ah no no, wrong turn. Define Love is what we started with. So define it shall be. Love is a euphemism (using an 'an' jars)                                             
  4. I enjoy saying bourgeoise aloud. Likewise for subterfuge                                                             
  5. I am usually surprised by people who warm up to babies immediately. I mean how HOW do they do it?                                                                                                                                         
  6. Long long ago a friend, writing about me in a slam book, said, L you know what you want and you want what you know. Years later I still think that is so true                                                                 
  7. My favourite colours are black and blue. Beating who?                                                                  
  8. Avunculize and cacozealous are the recent words I learnt the meanings of (remember all those transform sentences exercises? I learnt the meanings of avunculize and cacozealous recently)                                                                                                                                               
  9. I borrowed Penelope Fitzgerald's Letters from the BCL last week, utterly thrilled to catch sight of it on the rack. Later I was delighted to see that I was the first borrower. Somewhat like the full attendance certificate from school!
And I've been confining my list to nines on a whim.


Vaidehi said...

I enjoyed reading this post.. I love making lists too, though mine are never as intelligent as this one!

I am usually surprised by people who warm up to babies immediately. I mean how HOW do they do it? - My sentiments exactly! Not that I hate babies, but how can you get all cosy within a wink??

Echo/Lavanya said...

Thank you Vaidehi.

And I must add that I can never spell bourgeoisie correctly either!

fieldus said...

How are you finding the Fitzgerald letters?

I was very impressed with The Blue Flower. I picked it up thinking that it might be a book for ladies of a certain age - not at all. She did something really interesting with what was obviously an abundant knowledge of intellectual and social history.


Echo/Lavanya said...

Martin: The Fitzgerald letters are so endearing. It is like sneaking into someone's heart. I am still reading all her personal letters. I suppose the writerly ones (I only read one) will sound different.

I haven't read The Blue Flower. Intend to read everything over a period of time. Now if I could only get my hands on the out of print biography of Burne-Jones...